Company co-founded by Fergus man twice-honoured at Awards of Excellence

A company started by a Fergus man, marblemedia, is the only recipient of more than one award at this year’s Youth Media Alliance (YMA) awards.

The awards for marble’s TasteBudsTV.com were presented June 2 at the 2011 awards gala at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio.

TasteBudsTV.com was awarded the special jury award for interactive web content and the Award of Excellence for best convergent interactive content. The special jury award goes to a project that promotes healthy living by outlining the importance of education, staying physically active, and incorporating strong core values. The Award of Excellence is awarded to the project that best exemplifies exceptional work on a website or convergent cross-platform content tied into a children’s television program.

TasteBudsTV.com is a website that brings the feel and flavour of the Taste Buds TV series to computers across the globe, promoting healthy eating by encouraging knowledge about food, nutrition, and diverse cultures. The online environment is host to a number of recipes, videos, and games, which incorporate educational components such as literacy, numeracy, science, health education, and caring for the environment.

“We’re very excited to have been honoured with these two great awards for TasteBudsTV.com,” said Mark Bishop, Executive Producer and partner in marblemedia with former Fergus resident Matt Hornburg.

Bishop said, “The Youth Media Alliance continues to promote the growth of ground breaking cross-platform content for kids and teens, which is very much what we here at marble strive for as well.”

For more information, visit: www.marblemedia.com and www.tastebudstv.com.

Marblemedia, of Toronto, founded in 2001 by Bishop and Hornburg, is a content creation company at the forefront of television and new media production, devoted to telling stories that entertain and engage audiences across all platforms.

It was named Company of the Year by the Canadian New Media awards in 2008, and was recognized by the Hollywood Reporter as a Next Generation Content Producer in 2009.

Its notable projects include: the teen competition series The Adrenaline Project; the hit pre-school series, This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung; the first television series and website in American Sign Language, deafplanet.com; the mobile short film anthology Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction; Taste Buds, the Gemini award-winning kids cooking and food adventure series; The Dating Guy, a hooked-up animated comedy about the single life of 20-somethings in the city; and Skatoony, North America’s first animated live-action quiz show adventure that pits tweens and toons against each other.

Its most recent project, called Splatalot, is a medieval-themed television game show geared to 8 to 12-year-olds that airs on YTV in Canada and is coming this summer to the BBC in the U.K. and ABC in Australia.

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